Actos Users Suffering From Bladder Cancer May Be Entitled to File Claims After FDA Warning


If you have developed bladder cancer after taking the oral diabetes drug Actos for more than a year, it is important to work closely with your doctor and consult an Actos lawyer.

On June 15, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a safety warning instructing patients with active bladder cancer not to take Actos because there may be a link to bladder cancer. Those with a prior history of bladder cancer were advised to only use the medicine after weighing out the medical benefits against the risk for cancer recurrence.

If you have suffered complications from Actos, learn your rights for seeking compensation. Contact the lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck now for a free and confidential legal consultation at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676. You can also visit our website at

FDA Action

Actos is an oral diabetes drug which has been on the market since 1999. It is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company and co-marketed by Eli Lilly and Company.

In the June 2011 safety communication, the FDA stated it had learned about the risk for bladder cancer from its monitoring of a 10-year Actos study. The study reported there may be a 40 percent greater risk for bladder cancer among those who have taken Actos for more than a year.

The FDA also noted France had suspended use of Actos while Germany had recommended new patients not start using the drug.

When to Call an Actos Lawyer

If you have taken Actos and developed bladder cancer, you may have the right to seek compensation for medical care, lost wages and other damages.

Bladder cancer symptoms include blood or red color in urine, urination pain and lower back and abdominal pain. If you have experienced these symptoms, first contact a doctor to help you determine the next step for your care.

You should then contact an experienced Boston product liability lawyer with experience in defective drug cases. The lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck of Boston have over 80 years combined experience handling complex claims involving medical malpractice, defective drugs and recalled medical devices. Contact us today at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676. You can also visit our website at

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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